T-6 Red Ale | Warbird Brewing Company

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T-6 Red AleT-6 Red Ale

Brewed by:
Warbird Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GreenWBush on 01-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beer glug glugs out of really sweet-looking can an orangish amber with no head or odor. This is a very balanced, dry, and refreshing, if basically tasteless beer. Definately unusual simply because of the can and the fact that its some sort of macro-fied tasting red ale. Thin, fizzy mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed copper amber body with a small beige head that leaves a bit of splotchy lacing. Aroma is subdued, with some caramel and herbal hops. Light medium body and medium carbonation. Taste is primarily sweetish malty toffee with an understated earthy hops bitterness. Decent but pedestrian.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm light amber body that is crystal clear and has a white creamy head. This beer has a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light smell of some pale malt but mostly corn. There is a faint noble hop note aswell.

T- The taste is very soft pale malt with an adjunct flavor, corn I think. The finish is a light noble hop bitterness. There is a dry finish taste to this beer.

M-Light mouthfeel with a hint of fizziness.

D- This has all the makings of an American adjunct lager, little aroma, crisp dry flavor with a adjunct flavor. The color is a bit more to style but not very interesting especially as an American Amber.

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Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from this morning's tasting:

This one pours a reddish-brown. Head retention and lacing are both good.
The aroma is an uncomplicated balance of caramel malt and hops.
Taste is similar with a little added sweetness and a gentle bitterness from the hops. Balance is good.
Mouthfeel is very nice. This one's creamier than most beers I've tried at this point; velvety smooth with a crispness as well and a great amount of carbonation.
This one's drinkable, and even more so with the relatively low ABV.

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Photo of findlayfan
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last week my wife met a friend in Ft. Wayne to do some shopping.

In addition to a couple of big bargains (or at least, so she claims), she brought back a mixed six-pack of Indiana brews that included the four Warbird bottled beers. No wonder I love this woman!

The first one I tried was the T-6 (it was a trainer, after all) which poured with a clear red/gold body, slight carbonation and a modest bone-white head. The head lingered a while and left just a bit of lacing in the glass.

This is a basic, smooth drinking ale that has no outstanding characteristics - but no objectionable ones, either.

Not a beer I'd go out of my way to find, but one I'd be happy to sample again - especially if I'm in Ft. Wayne and find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of russpowell
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Goebel's in Wichita, love the whole WWII aviation tie-in!

Pours an effervescent orange/copper with 2 finger of fast fading sand colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Musty caramel

T: Caramel, a touch of brown sugar & citrus hops up front. Slight biscuitty malt, some tangerine peels & other mild citrussy hops as this warms. Finishes with slight wateryness & some citric hops

MF: Light/medium bodied. moderate carbonation with some wetness up front, skews weak

Drinks alright, but run of the mill at best

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Some lacing is left on the glass. Has an aroma of sweet malt with some floral hops. Slightly toasted and minerally qualities. Semi-sweet flavor. Definate floral hop presence. Slightly herbal. Bitterness is low. Pleasant malt base. Nothing earth shattering but well made. A nice red withouth the big American hops. A little thin in the body but the carbonation is not overbearing. Gives a nice soft and slightly creamy texture. Nice change of pace with the different hops. Easy to drink. Nicely crafted. I hate T-6s but I like this beer.

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Photo of Generik420
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It just feels weird to buy a 6-pack of cans for $7.99. Ok.. now that that's out there, let me just say, this is really good beer. The first caveat is you should definitely pour it into a glass and not drink it straight from the can. I made that mistake a year ago and didn't think much of this beer because it had the "can taste". Poured into a glass and I think it stands up very well to some high end microbrews.

I poured it into a traditional pint glass and noticed immediately the gorgeous red color and a clarity that really should be seen to be fully appreciated. Very nice coppery red, and a surprisingly large head that disappated at a reasonable pace. Some lacing left along the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell is somewhat sweet and malty. Light hop aroma. Maybe a hint of caramel hidden in the aroma.

Taste is very mellow. Nice residual maltiness. This beer is extremely quaffable. I was having to force myself to slow down while drinking two cans during dinner. One swallow would consume 1/3 of the glass. I could drink this beer all night long and it will definitely find room in my beer fridge on a regular basis.

The big thing with this beer is you need to get over the fact that it is sold in cans. I know it is a stumbling block most beer nuts will have, and it will be too easy to dismiss this as "cheap" or something else. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep amber with a sturdy off-white head that eventually fades to a thin film of head that leaves patchy lacing. Smells very malty with a slight toasted quality. Not really much hops to speak of in the nose. Flavor is all malt: bready, nutty, slighlty raisin-y. Slight toastedness in the grains. Faint floral hops in the background. MALT. Mouthfeel is really soft, but with sufficient bubbles. Medium body. Great drinker.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: 2-29-09

Deep reddish amber body, creamy surface with some minor lacing. Random tiny bubbles are visible on their upward journey. Head retention is ok, it settles to a thin skim.

Clean nutty almond aroma, malty but somewhat mild, as indicated on the label "Mild Amber Ale".

Nutty malt flavor, no perceptible hop character, very mild astringency at first that fades once the malt flavors come into play. Dry multigrain bread aftertaste. Very easy to drink, simple yet effective.

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Photo of BierFan
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. The bottle gives an expiration date of "11 30 08" so it's about 3 weeks past it's expiration, but in my experience that just means it'll be a maltier red.

Appearance: Two finger head of off-white foam sitting on top of a hazy dark reddish orange.

Smell: Lots of rich caramel maltiness.

Taste: Rich and malty, dark fruits, with a little juiciness and hops on the finish.

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3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber- to copper red body hosts a light tan head. Nose is nice with hints of wheat, mineral earthy tones and soft nutty feel. Very smooth on first sip with silky nuttiness and mineral notes. Nice crisp feel that leaves the mouthfeel just theck enough to let you know your drinking a quality brew. Enjoyable to drink and easy to throw back a few. Grab a 6-pack of this canned craft beer and share with friends, they will thank you.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz received as an extra in trade with jhammerly .. poured into my small weizen glass..

2 Finger head takes a while to drop.. leaves spotty lacing .. dark orange amber.

Light malty .. light caramel .. subtle toffee .. background spicy hoppiness.. but way in the background.

Flavor is toasty caramel malts and a little nuttiness... touches of yeasty fruitiness... earthy hop flavors appear toward the finish and mainly as it warms.. lite/medium body .. good carbonation.

Overall, not alot to say bad ... just pretty good across the board..

Another thanks goes out to Jimi.. top notch trader for sure.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting. The beer is from Indiana, and the plane is proudly called the AT-6D Texan, that's damn right. The price for a sixer of this was incredible as well. $3.99.

Onwards, and into the air, with the Warbird T-6 Red Ale. Where the hell did the light from the title come from. I don't see light anywhere on this can. Attractive looking can, with a cool red tab. Poured into my Duvel tulip. A crazy pour indeed. Swirls of frothy white head, rotated and cascaded, all in simultaneous motion. Body is deep orange in color, with ruby highlights. The hue is beautiful, and changes colors with ease. Carbonation is well done as well. The smell has some nice earthy/bready malt backing. Mild fruit esters are there, but hard to distinguish, as being so subtle. A hint of banana, along with cooked bread crust. Not bad so far, lets move onto the taste. First thing that comes to mind, is the balance. The balance is almost flawless. Spot on earthy maltiness, hints of strawberries, along with a medium dose of citric hops. Just very pleasent, and oh, oh, so smooth. Mouthfeel is twangy, and semi-creamy. Drinkability is awesome.

What can I say. The Warbird passed the test. It's a magnificent example of the style, and remember always fly high with the bird.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Red Ale. Pours a solid red with deep hues of amber. A thick, persistent rocky head leaves a long lasting lace. The aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malts -detected some floral hops in the background. This ale is thick with caramel malts with enough hops and decent carbonation to keep it from being cloying. The finish tends to dry out, which prevents the ale from being too cloying.

I would like a bit more balance. Maybe a bit more bittering hops; otherwise, this is a very solid amber.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Becker. No date but coded 5W4X2F. The body was golden/red/amber. Clear and bright. The off-white head was fine and dense.

Smell was caramel sweet and a little metallic. Nuttiness arrived later as it warmed more.

Taste was more like a nut brown ale than a red ale. Walnuts. Slight biscuitiness. Berries.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and light/medium in carbonation. I really like the Warbird APA, I don't like this one as much. It seems a little confused. They have switched from cans to bottles (?).

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Photo of Pegasus
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliant toned copper color, with excellent clarity, a moderate white head, which retains quite well, and fine scattered lacing.

Aroma: Pronounced malty aroma, like whole-grain bread, with some yeast notes as well.

Taste: Opens with pronounced toasted malts, soon followed by caramel notes, and a slight earthiness. Towards the end of the taste, there is a mild wave of malt sweetness, and the toasted notes reassert themselves fairly strongly. Finishes with a lingering, mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with somewhat sharp carbonation, almost soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: Certainly not a ground-breaking beer, but very pleasant and well-made, would potentially appeal to the macro beer drinker. Certainly not the sort of beer that Dogfish Head or Three Floyd's would offer, but there is nothing wrong with that, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Is this Miller High Life? From the can it is very difficult to tell...

I have to say that I didn't mind this beer while drinking it on the golf course with my father, but we both conceded that the Miller he was sipping off of had much more flavor. Sad, unfortunate - but at the end of the day - true.

Weird grainy tastes and no hop presence to speak of in the slightest. The difference between this and MHL? $5 a six pack? It's brewed closer to my house?

This beer is a lame sheep in a wolf's clothing. Put out another beer, open a tap-room, or at least show that you care about your product, the city, or people who actually like something other than BMC or you can't be around for long.

Light lager for the pretentious, IMHO. If this is an all-malt beer i'll print this review and eat it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head above the clear copper brew. Head is here for the duration, with heavy thick coating lace. Aroma is light and balanced. Taste is sweet upfront, with minimal hop character, slight bitterness at close. Mouthfeel is so creamy smooth, it is unbelievable, and drinkability benefits there as well. Great stuff.

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Photo of granger10
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this one at a BW3's in Ft. Wayne on my way down to Ohio. I knew nothing about it but BW3's selection isn't really all that good, so what the hell. Comes to me with a dark semi murky orange color. No head but I think that is because of the pour method as there were a few bubbles that rose to the top and slight lacing. This beer was served WAY too cold. I've never taken a sip from a colder beer in my life! I couldn't believe it wasn't in ice form. Luckily the food took a bit to get there so I could let the beer warm up a little. It didn't help much. Very bland in taste and aroma. Slight toasty grains and maybe a smidgen of caramel underneath. Finish was quick and somewhat malty sweet. Washed down my boneless buffalo wings quite well, but couldn't a macro do that? This brewery looks like its trying to appeal to the macros drinkers who want to try micro beers.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the awesome can into a pint glass.

Appearance is a pale red, crystal clear, with a foamy head that rings the glass.

Smell is nicely balance malty and hoppy. Hops are subtle.

Taste is malty, nice subtle hops, nothing crazy. Just a nice solid maltiness.

Mouthfeel is light, nicely carbed, smooth.

I will drink a lot of this. It is in a can, but once you get over that prejudice, it's a quality brew. It is what it is...an all-malt American amber.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - nice amber pour, a finger+ of pale tan foam. Quick to recede, not much lace residue.

Aroma - nothing really. After it settles there is a faint trace of grain and/or citrus.

Taste - malt base is a bit bland but has a light biscuity element. Mild toastiness followed by mild hopping with little to no bite. The label says this is a 'mild amber beer' and they mean it. The finish has a little toastiness coming on and is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel - very thin, makes the beer feel fizzy, which I don't really like.

Drinkability - bodiless and almost boring. I'd pick it over the mega swill but not much else.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WakeandBake
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NotesSep 9, 2008
Nice amber pour,with a tannish head.Aroma of caramel, bread, maybe some faint dark fruits,a faint hint of honey. A charred malt and caramel taste with a little dark fruit maybe rasins,and a slight dry hop finish. Way better as it warms,takes on a sweeter note. Nice offering,quite drinkable

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T-6 Red Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 43 ratings